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December 1st, 2015

December 1st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Enami’s Care2Manage Startup Helps Families Care for Aging Loved Ones
Memphis Daily News
Ela Emami has a vision for her startup Care2Manage, an entity focused on helping families caring for a loved one, that blends technology with a human touch. Her venture is a service platform for families with an elderly loved one that connects them to social workers, local elder care resources and organizes total health care needs. Emami also works as a geriatric care consultant, something she sees as a complementary service to her technology platform. “If somebody suddenly finds themselves as a family caregiver, I want them to think of Care2Manage as a shoulder to lean on”.

How Memphis is Attracting More Startups (Without Being the Next Silicon Valley)
Inc.
Unlike most major and well-populated U.S. cities, Memphis isn’t on a mission to become the next big startup hub — yet it still (effortlessly) manages to attract some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs. At least that’s what some startup leaders in the Tennessee city believe. Jan Bouten, a partner at early-stage venture fund Innova Memphis, frames it simply: “We’re not trying to become the next Silicon Valley.” Memphis, best known for its good food, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, is also home to multimillion-dollar success stories like Restore Medical Solutions. The company has raised $4.15 million in funding.

Join Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for “A Very Codey Christmas”!
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
The 6 teams of CodeWorks have taken their ideas, tested them, and turned them into actual software!  Come see Knoxville’s newest tech and celebrate the conclusion of another startup filled year with Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.  A Very Codey Christmas will happen December 17th from6:008:00 pm at the Southern Railway Station in the Upstairs Ballroom.  Admission is complimentary, but registration is required. In celebration of the new Star Wars movie that’s also coming out that night, black tie and/or Chewbacca costumes are high encouraged! Here’s the registration link!

Local Entrepreneur Aims to Make Global Impact
High Ground News
Local business SoGiv is the world’s first non-profit shoe company dedicated to using shoes as pathways for philanthropy and volunteerism around the world. Launched in 2011 by native Memphian, Edward Bogard; SoGiv has adopted 20 charitable causes they believe can make the biggest impact on the quality of lives and communities. “We select organizations that align to our causes and we design one-of-a-kind shoes that reflect their logo and promote their mission” says Bogard. “To initiate, grow and sustain these organizations we donate 100% of the proceeds from every pair of shoes we sell. While our formula is simple, our impact is BIG.”

ORNL, Solid Power Sign Exclusive License for for Lithium-Sulfur Battery Tech
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. The company licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will enable development of more energy-dense batteries. ORNL’s proof-of-concept battery research has demonstrated the technology’s potential to improve power, operating temperature, manufacturability and cost as well. The mission of Solid Power is to develop next-generation energy storage devices for the rechargeable battery market, which is dominated by lithium-ion technologies. The current annual rechargeable battery market is estimated at $12 billion and is anticipated to grow to $20 billion by 2020 to meet demands in consumer electronics, electric vehicles and military, aerospace and industrial applications.


Teknovation
Kelly Fitzgerald is not a Chattanooga native, but a business plan that she wrote more than three years ago is making a big difference in the city’s dynamic innovation ecosystem. The graduate of Auburn University with degrees in architecture and interior architecture says she moved to Chattanooga after graduation in 2004, in part because her parents had relocated there, but never thinking she would remain that long. Her initial thoughts have changed. “Chattanooga makes you stick,” Fitzgerald told us when we talked during a recent tour of the city’s new Edney Innovation Center. She is the Founder of Society of Work, a slightly more than two-year old membership-based enterprise providing co-working space for entrepreneurs and others in the city.

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